Authorities in Oklahoma now say 19 people were killed in last Friday’s storms. At 2.6 miles wide The National Weather Service says the powerful EF5 tornado that hit El Reno, Oklahoma is the widest tornado ever recorded.
– CNN Meteorologist Chad Meyers has the latest
CNN's John Berman reports severe thunderstorms hit Moore, Oklahoma just days after an EF5 tornado caused mass destruction in the area.
Governor Mary Fallin (R) Oklahoma discusses the response and the recovery effort in Oklahoma.
National Guard was deployed, and searchers continued working overnight
Kevin Rolfs And Jimmy Story Of Basehunters Chasing are on 'Starting Point' talking with John Berman about the footage they captured chasing a massive tornado that ripped through Moore, Oklahoma on Monday evening.
The pair estimate that they got within a 1/4 of a mile of the tornado. For them the experience was absolutely 'surreal.' They describe the tornado as just 'massive', and that the roar from the tornado was 'deafening.' You could feel the ground shake, and feel the 'reverberations off the power of the tornado.'
Oklahoma is one of five states hard-hit by an outbreak of violent tornadoes. The Governor of Oklahoma Mary Fallin is on 'Starting Point' talking with Zoraida Sambolin about the damage and destruction these tornadoes caused the state. At least four of them touching down in the central part of the state. One person has died in that state, and anywhere from a dozen to two dozen people have been reported injured.
The Governor plans to tour the state today to survey the damage.
Storm Chasers Kevin Rolfs, Colt Forney and Scott Peake of Basehunters Chasing captured dramatic footage of tornadoes in Kansas. At least 4 tornadoes were reported in Kansas. The trio are on 'Starting Point talking with John Berman and Zoraida Sambolin about their experience. They were as close as an half-mile away from the tornadoes.
61 homes in the affected area were originally built by volunteers from Habitat for Humanity, and in the wake of Wednesday night's destruction, members of the organization are there on the ground in Texas. Habitat for Humanity CEO Jonathon Reckford is on 'Starting Point' talking with John Berman about how the organizations plans to help the victims in this area.
Patricia Lopez and Atyka Ditto saw the funnel cloud swirling just minutes before it hit their neighborhood in Granbury, Texas. they grabbed blankets and pillows and huddled with their children, patti's sister, and a friend in a bathtub as the tornado tore through the area. the twister tore the roof off over their heads but miraculously left everyone in the bathtub unharmed. Patricia and Atyka are in Granbury Texas joining Christine Romans on 'Starting Point.'
Currently there are six reported deaths, and seven people still missing in Northern Texas where at least 16 tornadoes hit Wednesday night.
Dozens of homes in the affected area were built with the help of habitat for humanity. Many of them are now damaged beyond repair. Mario Flores is the director of Disaster Response Field Operations for the organization, and he's been on the ground in Northern Texas where 16 tornadoes hit Wednesday night.
Mario Flores is on 'Starting Point' talking with John Berman and Christine Romans about the efforts the organizations is taking to assist victims in the community in the clean-up and rebuilding process.
On more on how to help the victims of the Texas Tornadoes visit Impact Your World for more information. Or visit the website for Habitat for Humanity to learn more about what the organization is doing on the ground in Texas to help victims.
24 year old Tina Clark lives with her family in one of the 61 Habitat For Humanity homes in the hard-hit Ranchos Brazos neighborhood of Granbury, Texas. Clark huddled in a closet with her husband Billy, and grandmother as the tornado shook their house. When the storm passed, they were still standing but their neighborhood was in ruins.
Tina and Billy Clark are on 'Starting Point' talking with John Berman and Christine Romans about the harrowing ordeal they suffered on Wednesday when this tornado touched down in their neighborhood. They document the destruction and injuries that they witnessed in the wake of this disaster.
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